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Friday night’s 74-69 University of Kentucky men’s basketball victory over the University of Louisville further proved that records and streaks are going to be broken and snapped on the sports field or in the sports arena.
U of L had won 60+ games after leading at the half and Cardinals’ head coach Rick Pitino was undefeated in Sweet 16 games at 11-0.
Those streaks are no longer intact.
It’s just two more examples of how, through time, that records and streaks are made to be broken and stopped.
• Ron Bevars guided North Hardin High School into 12 Fifth Region Boys’ Basketball championship games and had won all 12 title tilts. That is, until Mark Fudge’s Adair County Indians bested the Trojans 82-69 in the championship encounter in 2009 at Marion County’s Roby Dome in double overtime.
• A couple of other men’s college basketball streaks also seemed safe as UK had won 129 straight home games in the 1950s before Georgia Tech came to Memorial Coliseum and UCLA won 88 in a row before falling at Notre Dame in January of 1974.
• In Major League Baseball, no one expected Babe Ruth’s record of 714 career home runs to ever be broken. It’s been surpassed twice by Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762). Also, Roger Maris’ 61-home run year of 1961 to surpass Ruth’s 60 has been eclipsed by Mark McGwire (70) and Bonds (73).
• Don Drysdale did not allow an earned run over 58 2/3 innings (six-plus games) in 1968 until another Dodger, Orel Hershiser broke it 20 years later.
• Cal Ripken Jr. with 2,632 broke Lou Gehrig’s playing in 2,130 consecutive games’ record.
• One record and streak that does seem somewhat safe in MLB is Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Pete Rose made a serious run at it in 1978 with 44. Rose later erased Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record of 4,191 and finished with 4,256 safeties.
• Cy Young’s 511 baseball pitching wins, Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in an NBA game and Georgia Tech’s 222-0 collegiate football win over Cumberland (Tenn.) appear fairly safe as does the Miami Dolphins undefeated season in the National Football League.
However, whenever it comes to sports records and streaks, just remember to never say or think never.